Every Sunday, we share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean, and Dobber
1. With the Canucks now knocking on the playoff door in the Western Conference, J.T. Miller isn’t going anywhere at the trade deadline. Canucks GM Patrik Allvin even hinted at that when he suggested in a recent interview that they would discuss a Miller contract in the summer. At this point a team would have to make a Godfather offer to pull Miller out of Vancouver before the deadline. (mar12)
2. It’s a good time to go through some trade targets for the upcoming trade deadline. Rather than just list guys that may be on the move, though, it’s worth looking at what gets left behind if those players get moved. It is nice to daydream about what a line of Forsberg-MacKinnon-Rantanen would look like for Colorado, but what does that do to Nashville’s top-6? Those are the kinds of things we’re going to be looking at today. For now, we’re going to stick with some of the higher-end guys that are at least possibilities to move.
Claude Giroux: We will find out if – when? – Giroux gets traded but I fear for the sanity of Flyers fans. With Sean Couturier injured and Kevin Hayes having a very off year, there just isn’t much left for centers if Giroux is on the move. The Flyers could be looking at a top-6 center duo of Derick Brassard and Scott Laughton, especially seeing as those two have been in the top-6 and taking face-offs in recent games. Could there be much fantasy value for either of them?
It should be noted that Laughton isn’t having a bad year, really. His 82-game paces for this year exceed 15 goals and 40 points, not bad for a guy on a poor team getting little power-play exposure. What would make him valuable is his physical play as he’s averaging over two hits per game on the season. He is up to roughly 17:30 a night of late and Giroux moving on could lead to even more. Not that he’ll suddenly be a 65-point, second-line centre, but even a 50-point centre with two hits per game is very valuable in banger leagues.
For my money, it would be Laughton and then Brassard that we should look towards. Maybe they give the veteran top-line billing, but it seems more likely that Brassard himself is on the move as a very cheap depth centre. For those in banger leagues that may have left Laughton on the waiver wire, heading out to grab him sometime next week seems the move here.
3. Filip Forsberg: If this were two months ago, the prospect of someone jumping on a line with Mikael Granlund and Matt Duchene would have been incredibly interesting. But entering Thursday action, the Nashville top line has seen some of their production fall off: 29 points in 30 games to start the season fo